Definition of crampon in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkrampɒn/
Pronunciation: /ˈkrampən/


(usually crampons)
1A metal plate with spikes fixed to a boot for walking on ice or rock climbing.
Example sentences
  • To scale the 35 metres you need climbing boots, crampons, two ice axes, a helmet, a harness, plus a head for heights.
  • We put crampons over our boots, roped up and ascended the ice cliff in single file, using our ice picks to stabilize us at each step.
  • In fact, you'd probably need crampons in order to walk.
2 archaic term for grappling hook.


Middle English (in sense 2): from Old French, of Germanic origin.

Words that rhyme with crampon

kampong, tampon

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Line breaks: cram|pon

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